Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.
They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.
I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.
Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.
Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?
Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.
Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.
Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!